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Gender: Female Meaning of Bernice: "she who brings victory" Origin of Bernice: Greek

The name Bernice is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "she who brings victory". Bernice and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Who's their sibling?".

From the experts:

Rarely heard today-- it fell off the list around 1980--Bernice is a biblical name of Greek origin. In the Bible, she is a sister of King Agrippa. Bernice was a Top 100 name in the US for more than three decades--from 1900 to 1936--hitting a high of Number 39 in 1921.

The original spelling of the name was Berenice, the name of the wife of Ptolemy I of Egypt, and it's also the name of a fourth century saint. Berenice Abbott was an important twentieth century photographer, and Bernice was the birth name of Bea Arthur. One of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best remembered short stories is "Bernice Bobs her Hair."

, Bernice has a plethora of nicknames--you can take your pick of Berry, Benny, Bernie, Binnie and Bunny.

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Famous People Named Bernice

Bernice Ackerman, first woman weathercaster in the US
Bernice Bing (1936-1998), Chinese-American abstract expressionist artist who was also an activist in the San Francisco lesbian and gay community of her era
Bernice Pauahi Bishop, Hawaiian princess
Bernice Burgos, video vixen
Bernice Claire, American actress
Bernice Fisher, American civil rights activist
Bernice "Fitz" Fitz-Gibbon, American ad writer
Bernice Frankel, birth name of actress Bea Arthur
Bernice Thurman Hunter, Canadian children's author
Bernice Jan Liu, Canadian-Hong Kong actress; Miss Chinese International 2001
Bernice Albertine King, daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Bernice Morgan, Canadian novelist
Bernice L. Neugarten, American psychologist
Bernice Rubens, Welsh novelist
Bernice Zamora, American Chicana poet
Agnes Bernice Martin, abstract painter

Pop Culture References for the name Bernice

Bernice Surprise "Benny" Summerfield, Doctor Who book character
Bernice Kimmelman, character in movie "Domestic Import"
Bernice Halper, Luann's BFF in comic strip "Luann" by Greg Evans
Bernice, a successful writer of cheap tales, the wife of newspaperman John Stockton in "Dark Laughter" (1925) by Sherwood Anderson
Bernice Pruitt, character in the 1998 film 'Hope Floats'
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" (1920), short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Bernice "Bernie" Clasky, character in the film, "Spanglish"

Bernie, Berry, Berenyce, Bereniece, Bunny, Beranyce, Bernee, Berni, Bern

Bernice's International Variations

Berenike, Beranice, Berenice, Beraniece (Greek) Bernise, Bernessa (German) Bérénice, Bernelle, Berenicia (French) Bearnas (Scottish Gaelic) Beronia (Italian)


Violet_Rose Says:


Perfect combination of sweet and sassy

indiefendi2 Says:


I think in modern times, Berenice could be very lovely such as the Bond girl Berenice Marlohe. Bernice may take a while to get back into vintage charm.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Gorgeous name, and Bernie is such a sweet nickname

esita Says:


I prefer Berenice, but this is still fine.

indiefendi2 Says:


There's a beautiful video vixen named Bernice Burgos, I like Benicia more though.

Noey Says:


I work with a lovely, older woman named Bernice. She's made me kind of fall in love with it. She goes by Bernie or Barney around the office. :)

EmmaWall Says:


My name is Melinda Bernice, and personally I love my middle name. It comes from my grandmother who passed away before I was born. I'm proud to have it :)

HiLLjO Says:


We named our daughter Bernice. So many people have been enchanted by it when they ask about our baby in public. Young and old people both love to hear of a baby named Bernice.